Archive for May, 2014

Proud To Be An American

Posted: May 6, 2014 in News

Coalitions from all over the city joined together on May 1, 2014.

Coalitions from all over the city joined together on May 1, 2014.

With the faint chants of May Day still hanging in the air, one wonders where the grassroots enthusiasm goes. Is this just a once a year occurrence to show solidarity or does it have a deeper lasting meaning? Do these citizens take the freedom of protest for granted and not realize what this liberty could possible produce? During the fiscal year of 2013, 778,127 individuals were welcomed as naturalized citizens of the United States. Over the last decade there have been as many as 6.6 million new citizens who underwent the task of applying for citizenship. Children of these new citizens also are granted citizenship as long as they are permanent residents of the US.

New citizens taking the Oath of Allegiance

New citizens taking the Oath of Allegiance

During the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the naturalization ceremony has been going on for 22 years. Sponsored by Portland-Guadalajara Sister City Association 51 people from 22 different countries took part in the 2014 ceremony. The U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services requires the individual to be 18 years of age, hold a green card, and must take the Oath of Allegiance. These new citizens are allowed to register to vote once taking the Oath as well as apply for citizenship for their children. The smiles from spouses as their partners became part of society was a welcoming site rather then the jeers of anarchist rabble.

What will you do to ensure equality and freedom?

What will you do to ensure equality and freedom?

In America we seem to hide but push forward with this blunt idea of Freedom of Speech. We live in a nation were the protests have never erupted into full occupation but during this month we also remember those lives lost at Kent State. The idea of finding a loved one on the ground or possible on the other side of the border is a cry for justice. We here who are born in the states know little of the freedoms we gain once entering this world of diversity. Many people spend a good portion of their lives to be able to call this land their home. We must realize that no matter where we have come from or what coalition we are striving to build up, this land is ours and one day the citizens will unite and claim it as theirs. The only question is can you put your differences aside and become the body of people this great county was founded by in the beginning.